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Title: Nuclear Materials Management for the Nevada Test Site (NTS) PREPRINT

Abstract

The Nevada Test Site (NTS) has transitioned from its historical role of weapons testing to a broader role that is focused on being a solution to multiple National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) challenges and opportunities with nuclear materials for the nation. NTS is supporting other NNSA sites challenged with safe nuclear materials storage and disposition. NNSA, with site involvement, is currently transforming the nuclear stockpile and supporting infrastructure to meet the 2030 vision. Efforts are under way to make the production complex smaller, more consolidated, and more modern. With respect to the nuclear material stockpile, the NNSA sites are currently reducing the complex nuclear material inventory through dispositioning and consolidating nuclear material. This includes moving material from other sites to NTS. State-of-the-art nuclear material management and control practices at NTS are essential for NTS to ensure that these new activities are accomplished in a safe, secure, efficient, and environmentally responsible manner. NTS is aggressively addressing this challenge.

Authors:
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
National Security Technologies, LLC
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA)
OSTI Identifier:
908477
Report Number(s):
DOE/NV/25946-199
TRN: US0703701
DOE Contract Number:
DE-AC52-06NA25946
Resource Type:
Conference
Resource Relation:
Conference: Institution of Nuclear Materials Management July 8-12, 2007 Tuscon, AZ
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
11 NUCLEAR FUEL CYCLE AND FUEL MATERIALS; MANAGEMENT; NEVADA TEST SITE; NUCLEAR MATERIALS MANAGEMENT; PRODUCTION; SECURITY; STOCKPILES; STORAGE; TESTING; VISION; nuclear materials management

Citation Formats

Schreiber, Jesse C. Nuclear Materials Management for the Nevada Test Site (NTS) PREPRINT. United States: N. p., 2007. Web.
Schreiber, Jesse C. Nuclear Materials Management for the Nevada Test Site (NTS) PREPRINT. United States.
Schreiber, Jesse C. Mon . "Nuclear Materials Management for the Nevada Test Site (NTS) PREPRINT". United States. doi:. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/908477.
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